Garden of Lights Celebrates the Holiday Season

This year, the Garden of Lights, Brookside Gardens’ holiday outdoor light exhibit, celebrates its 19th season as a Baltimore/Washington, DC area family holiday tradition.

During just one month a year, Brookside Gardens is illuminated with more than one million dazzling colorful lights shaped into hand-crafted, original art forms of flowers, animals and other natural elements. Stroll from garden to garden enjoying twinkling tree forms, fountains, sparkling snowflakes overhead and more.

In 1965, the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission began development of a display garden in Wheaton Regional Park on a site formerly owned by Stadler Nursery. The original grounds of Brookside Gardens were comprised of three formal gardens leading to a Wedding Gazebo, an Azalea Walk on the brow of the hill, plantings around the entrance, and the Conservatory.

As you walk around, you will hear the laughter of children enjoying the colorful lights.

Among some of the lights you’ll enjoy are a “zoo” of lions,


polar bears,

giant ants,

giant plants,


giant butterflies, and

lots of trees outlined in a variety of colorful lights.

Whether you go for a romantic and whimsical stroll through the Garden of Lights with your special someone, or bring along the kids, it’s a great way to enjoy the holiday season!

Know before you go: Dress warmly — you’re walking around, at night, during winter.

Getting there: 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton, MD 20902

Hours: The grounds of Brookside Gardens are open every day of the year. The Garden of Lights is open November 25, 2016 – January 1, 2017, Sunday – Thursday: 5:30 – 9 p.m., Friday – Saturday: 5:30 – 10 p.m., open every night except December 24 & 25.

Can’t get enough of the holidays? Check out the great holiday season activities we’ve already written about! 

One Reply to “Garden of Lights Celebrates the Holiday Season”

  1. Awesome, never knew about this! Was it difficult to find parking?

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